1. None of this is certain until the Mayo Clinic sends their biopsy confirmation to my doctor.
2. It looks like cancer. Specifically, it looks like squamous cell carcinoma of the mucous lining of my throat.
DO NOT google squamous cell carcinoma unless you are strong of stomach. DO NOT even click on that link. There are pictures.
3. J and I are planning as if I have cancer. If the Mayo results come in next week with some sort of glorious reprieve, we will throw a small party and celebrate. But that’s not our plan.
4. What I have (probably have; talking about this in the hypothetical is weird) is too advanced for surgical remediation. I will go forward with radiation treatment, supplemented by chemo. It will be six weeks of daily outpatient radiation. It was describe by my doctor as unbelievably painful.
I plan on ALL the drugs.
5. This sort of cancer is 90% responsive to radiation. The prognosis is good. This is a survivable thing.
6. Next week, we hear from the Mayo. Then we move on into the action plan. Unless a freaking miracle has occurred, and the horse is actually some easily treatable zebra.
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